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January 25, 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Like many of you, I’ve spent much of the last few weeks reading, clicking on links, and generally trying to figure out how and where and when to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  As I’ve discussed in past e-newsletters, the supply actually sent from the federal government has been highly inadequate and the information from it over the last year has often been incomplete and/or conflicting.  And that lack of clarity understandably has affected the ability of health care providers and state and local jurisdictions to efficiently plan distribution and allocation of the vaccines.

Fortunately, after meeting with no success, I was finally able to get vaccinated yesterday at the mass vaccination event that took place in South Lake Union run by Amazon and Virginia Mason.  We’d found out about it last Thursday afternoon during Governor Inslee’s press conference and included the information in last Thursday’s e-newsletter. I registered for the waiting list that evening on the Virginia Mason website and was notified the next morning I had a reservation.

It was very well organized and efficient - - most impressive.  I am including again below some of the best sources of up to date vaccination information in our county and state.  And I anticipate that opportunities to receive a vaccine will be increasing, hopefully relatively soon, with the new Administration in Washington, DC.

At tomorrow’s County Council meeting, a motion will be taken up, 2021-0046, sponsored by my colleagues Councilmembers Dembowski, Dunn, and von Reichbauer and me that would request the streamlining of the County’s vaccination planning and communications.  See below for more details and information on how to view the meeting.

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.